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Car industry is in forward gear

THE start of September marked the arrival of the half-yearly shot-in-the-arm for the UK car industry with the release of the new 63-prefix number plates. Somehow these little landmarks don’t seem to carry the same visual impact as they did in the days when a shiny new prefix or suffix letter was unveiled and those … Continue reading

Restoration show dates set

MORE than 5,000 visitors are expected at the Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, on November 2-3. Now in its 13th year, the show will involve up to 150 exhibitors, including classic car clubs, traders and autojumblers spread over four indoor arenas. The owners’ clubs and restorers will host live displays and … Continue reading

My Alfa Romeo 156

MUCH as I liked the 145, as I became familiar with the various models of Alfa Romeo I realised that its bigger brother, the 156, was a truly beautiful car. And when I spotted a 1999 T-registered four-door 156 in black on the forecourt of Red Motori at Spetisbury, near Blandford, in late 2003, I … Continue reading